The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent
Atkins, Paleo, South Beach, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, and all of the other diets that exist…what works for you? I used to be absolutely obsessed with trying the hot new diet to shed a few pounds and make it last. Though, nothing ever worked for me. So what was a 5’4, 173 lb. girl to do, after she stopped trying and reached all time highs with weight and lows with self-esteem? I know! Eat better and exercise. So simple, but effective.
A few years back my mom challenged my brother and I to enter a half marathon with her and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that kind of physical commitment. However, I’m an athlete, so I had to say yes to the challenge. Running the half-marathon, simultaneously helped me to eat better and take care of myself in a way that just seemed to stick. At the end, I had lost 24 lbs. and three years later, I still manage to keep at least 20 of them off. These days, I’m not running 13 miles all the time (or any of the time for that matter), but I am trying this ‘new-to-me’ diet called, intermittent fasting. First and foremost, with this type of fasting I really haven’t changed the way I eat and exercise. Rather, making slight modifications in when I eat and eventually exercise.
Intermittent fasting is all about eating during your fed state and abstaining from food during your fasting state. To delve deeper, James Clear who wrote the article The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting describes your fed state as, “ When you begin eating and lasts for three to five hours as your body digests and absorbs the food you just ate. When you are in the fed state, it’s very hard for your body to burn fat because your insulin levels are high. Versus your fasting state where, “your body can burn fat that has been inaccessible during the fed state.” Fasting state last about 8-12 hours after your last meal and makes it far easier for you body to burn fat in the fasted state because your insulin levels are low. Sounds straight to the point right? It is! While I have not seen any major body transformation from myself yet, it’s saved me money (because you’re eating 2 meals versus 3 meals a day) and it makes my life much more simpler. I enjoy cooking, but it can get overwhelming trying to account for 3 meals a daily. That’s why so many people cheat!
As I said before I have yet to reach my #bodygoals yet, but I’m so interested to see the results when following the intermittent fasting guidelines while changing the intensity of my workouts and moving the workouts to the fasting state. You all should read more about this way of life and see if it works for you. If it worked for Terry Crews (YouTube interview), then you know it will work for you!
What new diets have you been hearing about? Have they worked? Post your transformation pictures and hashtag us or #ItDidntHappen!